YAKIMA, Wash. -- Habitat for Humanity is dedicating a new house in Yakima. Norma Cervantes and her three children are excited to move in. Sunday was the dedication ceremony for the house on Grant Street. Cars lined the street as family, friends and members of the local church showed their support. There were smiles and food to go around.
Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity had a lot of their members show up as they were directly involved in choosing Cervantes for the house. "Applicants apply and then we have a families committee go out and visit the homeowners and they decide who they feel are the people in the most need," said Gloria Garza, Habitat's Families Coordinator.
Cervantes helped build the house, which is what Habitat for Humanity calls their required sweat equity. Other qualifications include coming from sub-standard housing, the ability to pay back a no-interest mortgage and to be in the country legally. Since 1986 the local Habitat for Humanity has built 145 homes.